Homemade Salicylic Acid Peel

Salicylic acid is a type of beta-hydroxy acid derived from willow bark. A natural exfoliant, the acid is commonly used in topical treatments for aging, sun-damaged skin and acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid is available in a number of commercial skincare products, but you can make your own using a common ingredient from the medicine cabinet. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, and topical aspirin applications produce rejuvenating effects similar to those of its cosmetic counterparts.

Step 1

Combine the baking soda with 1 cup of water in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Step 2

Place the uncoated aspirin in the second bowl and sprinkle it with lemon juice until the pills dissolve into a paste. Use the spoon to crush any larger pieces.

Step 3

Use clean hands to spread a thin, even layer of the aspirin mixture all over your face, avoiding the eyes. Let it dry for five to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Soak a cotton ball in the baking soda and water mixture, and use it to gently wipe off the aspirin peel. The baking soda acts as a neutralizer for the acid.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 small bowls

  • Measuring cup

  • Water

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

  • 10 uncoated aspirin tablets

  • Metal spoon

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Cotton balls


Dissolve half an aspirin tablet in a few drops of lemon juice to spot-treat blemishes.


Avoid this treatment if you are allergic to aspirin.

As with other salicylic acid products, homemade salicylic acid peels can cause dryness. If this happens, follow the treatment with a good moisturizer.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
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